Capri Olive Oil

Land & Traditions

Capri's olive groves are concentrated mainly on the northwest side of the island around the town of Anacapri, covering the hillsides of Orrico, Mesola, Pino, and Faro. The four varietals of olive trees found in the countryside are Ogliarola, Rotondella, Frantoio, and Leccino.

Landscape conservation

Historic olive groves, active until the 1970s and fundamental to the local landscape and economy until growth of tourism overshadowed agriculture on the island, have been brought back into production thanks to the determination of the Association.



The work to restore these olive groves began in 2014 and moved forward with investments of funds and skill. About 30 hectares were recovered in just two years, illegal buildings were razed, and new olive trees were planted in the historic groves to fill in gaps.

Natural Methods and environmental conservation

Dry stone walls

The use and restoration of traditional dry stone retaining walls ensures proper land management and rainwater drainage, in addition to conserving a characteristic element of Capri's rural landscape.

Natural insect traps

We promote the use of natural insect traps across the entire island of Capri to control the principal parasites which attack olive trees and fruit.

Rainwater collection

There are no freshwater springs on the island of Capri, so locals have long collected rainwater in cisterns. Using collected rainwater in agriculture limits waste and improves the quality and quantity of the olive oil harvest.

Compost

Compost is made using vegetable and other organic matter and allows for the conservation of soil feritlity with limited use of chemical fertilizers.

Green manure

Green manure is a traditional fertilizer that is coming back into use due to its many positive characteristics:
improves the organic makeup of the soil
slows erosion
conserves the land's nitrate nitrogen content
improves the physical structure of the land
increases the retention of water in dry soil